Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
46Trip End Sep 29, 2011
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Where I stayed
Holiday Inn Express - LAX
I had one casualty in Seattle. Left my sunglasses at JR's house. No problem. First stop after landing in LAX after getting my rental car was heading to Target for some new sunglasses. Speaking of the rental car, it was a nice one. A Crown Vic. Sort of a boat, but nice, nonetheless.
I headed for Dodger Stadium for an afternoon (1:10 start) game
Got to the stadium and parked ($15) for relatively close parking. The place is called Dodger Stadium, but some call it Chavez Ravine, named after Julian Chavez, a 19th Century LA Councilman. It's definitely in a deep valley or ravine. You can enter the stadium on several levels. I bought my ticket ($70) making sure I sat in the shade (it was 95 degrees) for the afternoon game. I walked into the stadium on the upper level. It was waaaay up there. Glad I was sitting closer to the action.
The stadium was built in 1962 when the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn, NY to LA. Some people have never forgiven them to this day. It's a stadium that has seen a lot of action and a lot of hall of famers...Don Drysdale, Sandy Kolfax, Pee Wee Reese (what a great name and I used to watch him with Dizzy Dean on the Sunday Baseball Game of the Week!), Duke Snyder, Tommy LaSorda and Jackie Robinson who broke the "color barrier" for Major League Baseball. What a storied history. Probably one of my favorite people who is still at Dodger Stadium is radio and tv play-by-play man, Vin Scully. He is simply the best. He puts "marble-mouth Shannon" or "I never met a stat I didn't like Len Kaspar" absolutely to shame
I hadn't had anything to eat, so I ordered a Dodger Dog. Heard about them, and how good they were. Actually ordered a Super Dodger Dog...all beef hot dog. Good dog...maybe not the best, but good.
A good game with good fun people. Not more than 15,000 people there for this afternoon tilt, but an enthusiastic crowd to watch the Dodgers take on the Colorado Rockies. Great game. Colorado jumped on top with 3 in the first and it was 4-0 in the 6th when the Dodgers came to bat. The Dodgers scored 5 in the 6th to take a 5-4 lead before Tuliwinsky from the Rockies hit his second two-run homer of the game to give the lead back to the Rockies 6-5. James Loney hit a solo shot in the 9th to tie it up for the Dodgers and it was extra innings for me again! Then something I haven't seen all season...Matt Kemp blasted a walk-off homer for the Dodgers to win 7-6. Walk-off homers are something special. The fans, and the players just go crazy! Great fun to watch!!! And even better, I'm now 15 and 12 for the home team with three games left to see
An Hispanic couple sat in front of me about halfway through the game. The kid, who was three was great. No whining, no "I want this" or "I want that." He watched the game very closely. He had a small plastic bat with him that he held in one hand constantly. About the 7th inning, I asked his Mom who old he was, and complimented her on his behavior. She thanked me. Then I asked him, " I see you have a bat. Do you have a ball?" He replied, "No." I told him, "I found this one (a blue and silver Dodger baseball), and maybe you'd like it." His eyes got big as saucers and he said, "Yes!" He held that bat in one hand and the ball in the other the rest of the game. Made me feel good!
After finding my car, I headed to downtown LA to "Little Tokyo." It was a good call, as most of the traffic was heading out of the city. I had seen this place on MvF where Adam had eaten some very hot ramen noodles. I was not as adventurous. The place is called Orchran Ramen and it's located in a three-story food court in Little Tokyo. They have three different broths (Miso, Soy Sauce or Salt), and they obviously add noodles and any other meat and/or vegetables you would like. Don't envision the Ramen noodles you get in the store...this is much heartier served in a six-inch wide bowl. After a little help from the waiter, I decided on the Miso with egg, corn, bamboo shoots and bean sprouts. They have levels of heat with 1 being no heat and 7 being "stupid hot." I got #2. It was spicy enough. Busy place. Great food!
Then I headed to my hotel (HI Express - LAX) which was only two blocks from Hertz and a mile from the airport
As we move into September, I only have three ballparks left to visit, and I have them scheduled for the last three days of the season...Atlanta (Braves), Tampa Bay (Rays or do you still say Devil Rays?) and Miami (the Florida Marlins). Looking forward to finishing this quest and checking it off the bucket list!
It's been a fun adventure so far! More later....